In October 2018, SLET signed an agreement confirming its full independence from the Ampleforth Abbey Trust with clarity of its responsibilities and with safeguarding of students as its highest priority. SLET trustees continue to work with the Director of Governance to enhance governance practice and ensure the highest standards of accountability.
The Trust is made up of independent lay trustees from a variety of backgrounds who, amongst other things, oversee the financial, educational and strategic management of the school. They have overall responsibility for the school to meet all of the requirements set by external statutory bodies such as the Department for Education, the Independent Schools Inspectorate and the Charity Commission.
Trustees meet formally every term as a full trustee board and for sub committees but communicate frequently between these meetings. They are regular visitors to the school, meeting staff and students and attending school events.
A recruitment programme for SLET has yielded a number of new Trustees and Advisers whose skills and experience complement that of our existing Trustees. This programme is ongoing and we are committed to adding further high calibre individuals to our Board so as to ensure the best strategic leadership and oversight for the future of the College.
To learn more about the individual trustees, please see the biographies below. Alternatively, please contact Carl Bilson, Clerk to the St Laurence Education Trust, Carl.Bilson@ampleforth.org.uk for further details. Mr Edward Sparrow is the Chair of the St Laurence Education Trust. He can be contacted throughout the year via Carl Bilson by telephone on 01439 766000 or in writing to Carl Bilson, Clerk to the St Laurence Education Trust, Ampleforth College, York, YO62 4ER.